To Show or Not To Show?

To show or not to show, that is the question. What the heck are you talking about, you may say. Well, we are talking about your socks of course! The trend these days is to show some skin, some ankle skin to be exact.  We know that this is fine in milder climates, but some of you live in areas that are just plain frigid. So we think you can show some cool socks too.  Here are some examples of how we would wear our shoes from the shop with or “without” hosiery.

 

First up the ever popular ankle boot. Everybody has a pair, right? We would wear these P. Monjo boots with no-show-socks if we were wearing a midi length dress or skirt. With a pair of jeans, we would flash these fancy crane crews.

 

We love a good oxford around here! We think it’s perfectly acceptable to pretend we are wearing no socks as well as to show off some really cute designed ones too.

 

 

Tall boots. Totally okay to not show your socks obviously, but we also think it’s super cute when they peek out the cuff too.

 

These are just a few samples of what we have at re-souL. To see more of our shoe and sock collections, visit us in Ballard or shop on-line at resoul.com.

 

 

New Fall Arrivals!

Hello! We are starting to finally feel like Fall in the Pacific Northwest. How is your Fall shoe wardrobe looking? Time for an update? Let us show you some new arrivals as of late. Click on pictures below to see more information and details about our new arrivals at re-souL. For the latest up-to-date news, follow us on Instagram @shopresouL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more visit us here at the shop on Ballard Ave., or visit us at resoul.com.

Have a great weekend! xo~ team re-souL

Poplin Style Giveaway!

 

It’s giveaway time! Want a chance to win a pair of shoes from our very own re-souL collection? Mellicia Marx is a talented stylist as well as an awesome human being! See how she pairs shoes from our shop with her creative taste in clothing for a perfect Spring pick me up. Head on over to the Poplin Style to enter for a chance to win a pair of shoes on us! To see the latest styles for Spring visit us at the shop or go to resoul.com. Good Luck ~ team re-souL

Behind The Scenes of Our “Shelley” Shootie

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Original Sketch and Prototype of Our Shootie

Ever wonder how a shoe comes to be? It’s not as simple as it seems. A lot of thought and development go into making a shoe. After all, it’s a 3-dimensional object that needs to fit well as well as look good! Other than designing and developing a shoe into a prototype, actual manufacturing of a shoe is really interesting.

Below are photos that were taken at one of the factories we use to make re-souL shoes. We will try and navigate you through the pictures taken at this factory in Peru. This particular style we named the “Shelley”. It’s not quite a shoe and yet not quite an ankle boot, it’s what we like to call a “shootie”.

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In these photos above, the pattern of this style, the lining, and the upper materials are sewn together for each size and color. The outside welt that goes around the shoe between the upper and the sole is having glue applied before the lasting of the shoe takes place.

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Here we can see the shoes that have been put on the last. The “last” is the form used to give a shoe its shape. You can see the welt and the sole from a side view before the heel block will be attached.

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After the shoes come off the last, and the heels have been attached, they await the final stages before boxing them up for shipment. They are cleaned up, waxed, buffed and stuffed with tissue.

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Lefts and rights are matched up and the final inspection is done. They are boxed up and ready to be sent to us. We can’t wait!

If you’d like to shop the Shelley shootie go to our website.

All photos courtesy of Jessica Gomez.

What to Wear Wednesday with Mellicia Marx from Poplin Style

On Wednesdays, we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we handed the styling reigns over to Mellicia Marx of Poplin Style Direction.

Mellicia is a personal stylist who helps individuals look their best through easy, friendly, no-pressure styling. She can help you buy a new wardrobe, or edit what you currently own, or both. She’ll even go thrift shopping with you! So naturally we were thrilled for her to style her favorite boot from the re-souL collection. You may have seen our Iris boot in last week’s post. But, you can never have too much of a good thing, right? Plus, we love Mellicia’s styling, so without further ado, take it away Mellicia!

re-souL Iris Bronze Metallic Boot

 

It used to be that the cool kids wore silver, never gold. Then, something changed. Now, it’s all gold all the time. There was also a day when a classic black boot was your go-to. That time has passed. Now, it’s all about the unexpected. Whether you opt for a neutral, like green or blue, or try a surprising heel, it’s time to dive into a statement boot that is shockingly practical. For me that boot is metallic and the Iris from the re-souL collection is just right. The color is more subdued, which is just right when you are searching for something cool and not overly flashy. Of course, it’s crazy functional for walking up and down the hills of Seattle. So, it’s clear you need this boot. Now, how to style it?

I’m all about embracing your personal style and ensuring that your clothes communicate who you are. So, let’s begin with your very own Iris boots in bronze. Feel free to layer a leather jacket over top with any of these options or wear them sans cover-up.

 

1. With a compelling casual dress. I like neutrals with metallics and this cozy option is edgy and functional. Layer it up with leather leggings or distressed jeans or try it solo.

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2. With a super feminine dress. There’s nothing like the balance of hard and soft. A girly piece paired with sturdy, hip boots is a timeless approach. Elevate the look with metallic boots instead of black and feel your fashion-forward self come through.

3. With a long vest. A great strategy to simplify your life is to find boots that work well with a specific coat or vest. That way you can finish off every outfit effortlessly. Even the most basic of outfits is much more stylish with the right shoes and outerwear. If you find styling vests challenging, feel free to check out my post on the subject.

Metallic Boot Trend

With the deep rich colors that the Fall Season always brings, and the continuation of the ankle boot trend, we think that metallic boots are a fantastic way to add some oomph to your wardrobe.

Metallic Boot Trend: Kupuri boot

These Kupuri black metallic ankle boots are the perfect alternative to the pump. Plus they’ll keep your feet a lot warmer than an exposed pump or heeled sandal. We would wear these with dresses and wide leg pants. They would look great with or without hosiery.

Metallic Boot Trend: re-souL Iris short boot

Our very own re-souL ankle boot would look amazing with your favorite jeans and a chunky sweater. Because the bronze color is neither warm or cool, you could wear these with the full spectrum of color. Think of it as a neutral. These will look great with monochrome colors, jewel tones or warm rusty browns and mustard yellows.

What do you think? Ready to try some metallic boots? For more metallic shoe options visit our website here.

What to Wear Wednesday with Mellicia Marx from Poplin Style

On Wednesdays we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we handed the styling reigns over to Mellicia Marx of Poplin Style Direction.

Mellicia is a personal stylist who helps individuals look their best through easy, friendly no-pressure styling. So naturally we were thrilled for her to style her favorite boot from the re-souL collection. All this month, Poplin Style is running a contest where you can win a pair of your favorite shoes from our women’s fall re-souL collection. Head on over to the Poplin Style blog for a chance to win! So without further ado here is Mellicia…..

 

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I’ve always been a fan of green and blue shoes. They behave as neutrals when it comes to fashion. As long as the intensity of the color works with the rest of the hues in your outfit, you are good to go. After all, the stem never clashes with the flower and the sky complements everything. So, when I discovered that Maggie had chosen to include blue and green boots in the fall re-souL collection, I was thrilled. And, let’s face it, shorter boots are right on trend.

When I was offered the chance to offer up my suggestions for, “What to Wear Wednesday, ” I quickly discovered how effortlessly the pieces in the shop work together. So, I started with accessories that I love together, then set out to find clothes to complete the look. In fact, when creating outfits, I often suggest the clients start with one piece and work from there. For me, I tend to start with the shoes.
For the woman who wants to look chic and put-together, this dress brings it all together. Looking to inspire confidence in others? A winter white coat does that better than anything. Because the boots are luxurious and have a reasonable heel, the boots keep it all effortless and functional.Too fancy? A pair of skinny jeans and a basic tee work just as well with this foursome of goodness from re-souL.

 

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.